UKIPT3 Dublin: Day 3, level 20-23 updates (blinds 10,000-20,000, ante 2,000)

ukiptthumb.JPG9pm: Final table chip counts and seat draw
Below are the chip counts and seat draw for the final eight, it's Graeme Crozier from the United Kingdom who leads the way with 1,949,000, he's closely followed by Seamus Birt. It's almost an all UK and Ireland final table with only the short stacked Vincent Buis from Netherlands breaking up the duopoly.

Play will start at noon Monday, a full wrap of the day's play will be on its way shortly.

Seat one: Padraig O'Neill, Ireland, PokerStars Player, 1,347,000
Seat two: Keith Swain, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 282,000
Seat three: Lee Atherton, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 846,000
Seat four: Graeme Crozier, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier , 1,949,000
Seat five: Stephen McGrath, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 992,000
Seat six: Seamus Birt, Ireland, 1,805,000
Seat seven: Vincent Buis , Netherlands, PokerStars Player, 253,000
Seat eight: Richard Evans, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,090,000

8.35pm: Dinneen and Sanchez bust, final table set
We're down to eight after near simultaneous bust outs. Trevor Dinneen shoved over Stephen McGrath's button raise with Q♥Q♣ but couldn't hold against McGrath's A♥K♥. Dinneen takes home €4,630 for his 10th place finish.

At the other table Seamus Birt called Adrian Sanchez's three-bet shove with A♥J♥. Sanchez held A♠T♦ and failed to catch or chop on the A♦Q♠Q♥6♥2♣ board. Sanchez scoops €6,700 for his 9th place.

Full chip counts and a wrap of today's play to come shortly.-- RD

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Trevor Dinneen: 10th

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Sanchez: bubbled the final table

8.20pm: Jose Aisa eliminated in 11th place (€4,630)
It only took a couple of hands after the break to lose a player; Jose Aisa moved all-in for 200,000 with K♠[10s] and got a call from Lee Atherton who held the boots - pocket aces. The flop of 2♠2♥[10d] gave him some outs but he missed them all on the 4♦ turn and 2♦ river.

After that hand Atherton is up to 1,200,000, when one more player is eliminated the remaining nine will combine round one table and then we'll play on until the official final table of eight is set. -- NW

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Aisa - picked the wrong time to shove

8.10pm: The players return from the break
Two more players to go before we break to one table then just one more before play halts for the night. -- RD

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 10,000-20,000, ANTE 2,000

8pm: Buis makes tough fold
In a hand that extended into the break Dutchman Vincent Buis made what he called a 'sick fold', here's what happened.

It passed to Padraig O'Neil who raised to 32,000, Buis flatted from the small blind and Trevor Dinneen then moved all-in for 290,000. Back on O'Neill, he quickly folded but Buis, who had a similar stack to Dinneen, went into the tank before electing to fold pocket tens face-up.

The players are now on a 15 minute break. -- NW

7.52pm: Baxter makes a stand, busts in 12th (€4,000)
Mark Baxter has just busted out of the main event after calling it off with nine-high. Dutchman Vincent Buis shoved for 160,000 from the cut-off and Baxter called for his 116,000 stack (7.25 big blinds).

Buis: A♦T♦
Baxter: 9♣3♠

Buis flopped two-pair and turned a full house to chip up to 290,000 and send Baxter to the rail in 12th.

"My eyes were this big," said Buis, motioning that he had wide eyes when he saw the call. -- RD

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Mark Baxter: big call backfired

7.34pm: Crozier wins monster pot, is new chip leader
It wasn't long ago that Padraig O'Neill became the first stack to breach the million chip mark, well Graeme Crozier is now over the two million mark after winning a huge pot and eliminating Michael Schneider in the process.

From the cut-off Crozier made it 35,000 to play, Schneider raised to 89,000 from the small blind, Crozier re-raised to 275,000, Schneider moved all-in for around 800,000 and Crozier called.

Crozier: A♠A♦
Schneider: 8♥8♠

The board of 6♦2♣[10c]Q♥5♠ sent a huge pot in Crozier's direction and he now has 2,100,000, Schneider meanwhile was off to the payouts desk to collect €4,000 for his 13th place finish. -- NW

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Schneider - bust with the snowmen

7.22pm: Evans slow plays, O'Neill hurt
Following that treble up with pocket nines earlier Richard Evans is up to 1,000,000 after slow playing pocket kings against Padraig O'Neill.

Evans opened for 35,000 from the button and O'Neill three-bet to 82,000 out of the big blind. Evans made the call. O'Neill c-bet 84,000 into the 5♠J♥K♦ flop and Evans made the call again.

O'Neill fired 112,000 into the J♣ turn and Evans moved all-in. Call.

O'Neill: J♠9♥ for trips
Evans: K♥K♠ for the nut full house

O'Neill was left drawing to one out. He did not hit and he was left chewing over a dry mouth, his once stratospheric stack brought back to Earth with a bump. He's still ahead with around 1,400,000 but the indomitable lead is vulnerable once more. -- RD

7.20pm: Final table for Boatman
Barny Boatman in in the money in the €200 PLO side event and medium stacked at the final table.

7.15pm: Joyce out in 14th (€3,400)
Gavin Joyce has busted in 14th in a standard spot. The Irishman shoved 207,000 with pocket threes and was called by Graeme Crozier with pocket queens. No three came and Crozier faded a turned flush draw to chip up to 1,150,000. -- RD

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Gavin Joyce, out

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 8,000-16,000 ante 2,000

7.10pm: Evans trebles, Miles out in 15th.
Lee Atherton surely can't have known what he'd start when he raised to 25,000, because that was the catalyst for some crazy action. Next to act Richard Evans moved all-in for 182,000, then Padraig O'Neill moved all-in over the top for 1,700,000 and then Andrew Miles called all-in for around 250,000 total, Atherton got out the way.

Evans: 9♠9♥
O'Neill: A♠A♦
Miles: Q♣Q♠

The board ran 4♦[10h]8♥7♦J♦ Evans rivered a straight to treble to around 575,000, O"Neill won the 120,000 side pot and Miles was out in 15th for €3,400. -- NW

6.55pm: Two table re-draw
Here's how the final two tables shape up:

Table one
Lee Atherton, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 550,000
Richard Evans, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 180,000
Mark Baxter, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 240,000
Padraig O'Neill, Ireland, PokerStars Player, 1,600,000
Andrew Miles United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 250,000
Stephen McGrath, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 670,000
Vincent Buis, Netherlands, PokerStars Player, 180,000

Table two
Graeme Crozier,United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,000,000
Keith Swain, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 250000
Trevor Dinneen, Ireland, 240,000
Michael Schneider, Germany, PokerStars Player, 675,000
Jose Aisa, Spain, PokerStars Player, 600,000
Seamus Birt, Ireland, 1,100,000
Gavin Joyce, Ireland, PokerStars Player, 220,000
Adrian Alonso Sanchez, Spain, PokerStars Qualifier, 500,000

6.46pm: Down to 15: O'Neill huge, Taus out in 16th
Following a quick string of eliminations we're down to a final 15 players, now seated across two tables. A beaming Padraig O'Neill is sat on 1,950,000 for close to four times the chip average and could well steamroll his table.

O'Neill just knocked out Shifaaz Taus after a cooler flop of 3♠K♦6♠. O'Neill held A♠J♠ and Taus J♣K♥. The way O'Neill is running right now there was little doubt that he would hit. The 5♠ gave him the flush on the turn. The 7♣ harmlessly fell on the river. That sent Taus to the rail in 16th.

Final two table seat draw to come shortly. -- RD

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Padraig O'Neill: no wonder he's laughing

6.35pm: Callaghan and Coroner bust (17th and 18th, €2,800)
James Callaghan and Glen 'Spiral' Coroner have both been knocked out after deep runs which pick them up €2,800 apiece. Coroner went first getting it in short against Jose Aisa with A♦T♥ against the Spaniards pocket queens. He failed to spike.

Next was Callaghan who looked as if he expected the worst when he four-bet jammed all-in from the button with pocket tens. Graeme Crozier, who had three-bet out of the small blind, called with pocket kings and held. -- RD

6.25pm: Schneider wins battle of the blinds
There's been no all-in and calls as of yet this level, just a few small pots dotted about here and there.

The latest of these was won by Michael Schneider, he opened to 28,000 from the small blind and Jose Aisa defended. The flop fell 2♣6♣5♦, bet of 40,000 from Schneider call from Aisa.

The 2♥ fell on the turn, Schneider checked to Aisa who fired 60,000, Schneider responded by check-raising all-in and Aisa folded. -- NW

6.10pm: More for O'Neill
Chip leader Padraig O'Neill just added more to his burgeoning stack and yet again it was Shifaaz Taus who lost some chips.

I joined the action on the flop of 3♣5♦9♥, there was perhaps 110,000 in the pot which suggested this was a 3-bet pot. Carefully and methodically O'Neill placed a bet of 62,000 into the pot, call from Taus.

The K♠ fell on the turn, this time O'Neill checked, this prompted Taus to bet 68,000 and after several minutes deliberation O'Neill made the call. The A♣ completed the board, both players opted to check, Taus showed A♦7♦ but O'Neill had A♠9♠ for two pair. He's up to around 1,700,000 (average stack for when five are left!) whilst Taus slips to 315,000. -- NW

5.55pm: Play resumes
We have 18 players left across three tables. We'll be going down to two eight-handed tables when we hit the final 16, then down to a single nine-handed table before losing one last player for the official UKIPT final table. -- RD

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 6,000-12,000, ANTE 1,000

5.40pm: Break time
It's a 20-minute break.

5.39pm: McGrath wins another
Stephen McGrath opened from the small blind to 20,000, Shifaaz Taus raised from the big to 55,000 and McGrath came back over the top for 105,000. Taus passed. McGrath is getting it quietly. -- RD

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Stephen McGrath

5.38pm: O'Neill wins another big pot
Shifaaz Taus opened under-the-gun for 20,000 and was called by Padraig O'Neill on the button and Vincent Buis in the big blind. The action was checked to the T♠A♠7♣Q♥ turn which O'Neill stabbed 30,000 into. Buis checked but Taus check-raised to 70,000, leaving himself 570,000 behind. O'Neill came back over the top for 170,000. Taus slowly, somewhat painfully, passed. The chip count at the break should reveal how large his stack is. It's huge, perhaps 1,500,000? -- RD

5.35pm: John Cahill eliminated in 20th place (€2,800)
The pocket pairs just aren't holding up at the minute.

From early position John Cahill opened to 25,000, Shifaaz Taus three-bet to 55,000, Cahill moved in for 115,000, snap call from Taus.

Cahill: [10h][10d]
Taus: A♠Q♦

The board ran J♣Q♥7♠5♣J♥ to send Cahill to the rail and boost Taus to 700,000. - NW

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John Cahill

5.25pm: Robert Healey eliminated in 21st place (€2,800)
Robert Healey couldn't comeback from losing that pot to Andrew Miles (see below) he three-bet all-in for 67,000 with pocket sevens and was looked up by Adrian Alonso Sanchez who held [KdQ♠. The flop of 9♠2♠J♣ gave Sanchez plenty of outs, the 6♠ turn even more and he hit one of them on the [10s] river. 20 players left. -- NW

5.15pm: Three double ups
Sometimes the shortstacks do win...

Bastiaan Van Den Brink is up to 200,000 after his A♦K♠ just about held up against Michael Schneider's A♥6♠. The board of Q♣3♦6♦[10d]Q♦ gave him a sweat but he rivered the flush to stay alive, Schneider slips to 390,000.

And Andrew Miles doubled through start of day chip leader Robert Healey, he two had a dominating ace with A♥J♦ versus Healey's A♠[10h]. The board of 8♠9♦J♣[10c]Ks] gave Miles a few nervous moments but his hand held to boost him to 275,000 and drop Healey well into the danger zone as he's down to 65,000.

Meanwhile Glen Coroner doubled up to 150,000 with pocket queens against Keith Swain's A♦Q♠. -- NW

5.05pm: Welcome to the table
A knock on effect of the huge Padraig O'Neill versus Joel Benzinou is that Lee Atherton was moved tables into the Belgian's vacant seat. He was still unracking his chips when he had to pass 125,000 of them to Richard Evans.

Evans's A♣7♣ had moved in under-the-gun and Atherton made the call with jacks. The board of 4♠Q♥A♥Q♠3♥ meant Evans miraculous comeback continues and he's now on 250,000. -- NW

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Backk to back cashes for Lee Atherton

5pm: More confirmed busts

25th. Billy Ngo, United Kingdom, €2,200
26th. Neil Raine, United Kingdom, PokerStars player, €2,200
27th. Darren Kearney, Ireland, PokerStars qualifier, €2,200

28th. Friðjón Þórðarson, Iceland, PokerStars qualifier, €1,800
29th. Marc McDonnell, Ireland, €1,800
30th. Christian Sosnik, Germany, €1,800
31st. Terry Plummer, United Kingdom, PokerStars qualifier, €1,800
32nd. Con Collins, Ireland, €1,800

Richard Evans is currently running an incredible comeback. He was down to two big blinds and is now up to 140,000 after doubling through Vincent Buis for the second time. Dennis Reyes is also out after jamming from the small blind and running into the queens of Paul McGrath in the big. -- RD

4.40pm: O'Neill busts Benzinou to claim the first million stack
Padraig O'Neill has just claimed a huge lead here with 21 players left.

Joel Benzinou opened from middle position to 17,000, O'Neill three-bet his button to 41,000 and Benzinou came back over the top for 96,000. O'Neill, who hadn't looked happy with Benzinou's arrival some minutes earlier, came back over the top for what looked like 180,000. Benzinou snap-shoved, O'Neill snap-called.

O'Neill: A♣A♦
Benzinou: A♠K♣

The board ran out T♣3♠6♠6♦2♣ leaving O'Neill's rail cheering and Benzinou shaking his head. O'Neill up to 1,350,000, Benzinou out in 22nd for €2,200. -- RD

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Joel Benizou put in a great performance

PokerStars Blog reporting team in Dublin (and their Twitter handles): Rick Dacey (@RickDacey) and Nick Wright (@nickwright_80). Photos by Mickey May ("I don't have a Twitter name, but Jesse calls me Poobah").

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